Chiba-shi (Chiba city) is located in the Tokyo Bay, about 40 kilometers from the center of Tokyo.

Chiba (千葉) literally means “One thousand leaves”, from the name of a former governor, hundred years ago.

Chiba city has a population of about 1,000,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the Chiba prefecture. It is famous for its zoo, its artificial land (Makuhari, which is an important business center and hosts some of the largest exhibitions in its convention center) as well as its long artificial beaches (and some of the best surf spots in Japan), Tokyo Disneyland (about 20 minutes from the city), among other places. The international airport Narita is also located in the Chiba prefecture, conveniently close to Chiba-shi.

Chiba University is a renown university in Japan. Nearby Kanda University of International Studies is also an important higher-education institute in the area.

Chiba prefecture is known for its agriculture and industry. The port of Chiba-shi is one of the largest Japanese ports.

The weather is very warm in summer and cool, though dry, in winter.

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